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Chapter 2: A Mathematical Toolkit
NIST Physics Laboratory
This is the National Institute of Science and Technology‚s home page. It includes links to the web clock calibrated by NIST, SI units, and fundamental physical constants. Visit this site and discover what research is currently being done at NIST.

Convert It!

Visit this online algorithm that will convert among various mathematical units. Convert 2.54 meters into various units.

Significant Figures
This page features an online tutorial quiz on significant figures. Visit this site and take the quiz.

Function Grapher
This Java Applet works like an online graphic calculator. Visit this site and graph some functions.

Position, Velocity, and Acceleration
Here is an online activity about time estimation. Visit this site and use what you have learned in the Chapter 2 Problem Solving Strategy to estimate time.

How It Works: Calculating Machines
From da Vinci's adding machine to the personal computer, this is a full history of calculating machines. In what year was the calculator invented? How did it compare in size to today's calculators?

The Slide Rule Page
This site contains a comprehensive history of the slide rule. Visit this page and explain to a friend what a slide rule is and how it is used.

The Abacus
This site shows an explanation and history of the abacus, an ancient mathematical tool. Where is the abacus used today?


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